Energy prices are surging across Europe. At the same time, the UN climate summit in Glasgow is almost upon us. If the European Union wants to achieve its target of being carbon-neutral by 2050, it will need to transition away from fossil fuels in a way that is fair and just.
What are some of the policies that the EU should be adopting to make sure the energy transition is fair and doesn’t push more people into energy poverty? Should low-income families be given energy-saving technologies for free? What level of support is fair if we are asking households to significantly change their energy consumption and mobility habits?
To discuss some of these question, Debating Europe recently held an online Citizens’ Panel as part of the European Climate Pact, connecting citizens with a senior EU expert for a 30-minute discussion on how to make the energy transition fair.
Answering questions from our panel of citizens was:
💬 Aleksandra Tomczak – Member of Cabinet of European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans. Her portfolio includes, among other things, the implementation of the Just Transition Fund; the EU’s Internal Energy Market for electricity; Gas supply and international gas corridors; Energy poverty, and EU security of supply.
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